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June 2019 | Issue 11
AnimalhealthEurope News

Ensuring sustainable food production is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and current conversations indicate a breach of confidence in our food systems and confusion over healthy diets. A highly urbanised population and an array of opinions on social media are helping to drive a disconnect between food choices and knowledge of production practices and nutritious values, which some warn may have a detrimental effect on health.

These were the meaty topics up for discussion at AnimalhealthEurope’s annual event, which gathered the livestock food chain along with consumer, animal welfare and environmental interest groups, and policy-makers. Debates invited a lively exchange of views on food, nutrition and farming, as well as on divided public perception, consumer demands and how to identify the facts when it comes to livestock production in Europe.

Recent news
Officers re-appointed at AnimalhealthEurope

During the association's Board meeting held in Brussels on 5 June, members unanimously re-elected Wijnand de Bruijn from Dopharma as President of AnimalhealthEurope, alongside treasurer Dominique Dervaux from Vetoquinol, and vice-presidents Hans Dittrich from MSD and Santiago de Andrés from the Spanish national association Veterindustria.

Animal medicines show high compliance with EU food safety levels
EFSA monitoring data on the presence of residues of animal medicines and contaminants in animals and animal-derived food show high rates of compliance with recommended safety levels in latest report.
Modern farming offers climate-smart future for Europe’s livestock
Livestock farmers have long been early adopters of robotics and technologies to improve efficiencies. The growing use of solutions such as smart collars, 3D cameras, and electronic ear tags, are prime examples of progress towards more sustainable farming practices.

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5 Questions on Food Safety to EFSA Chief Scientist

AnimalhealthEurope took the opportunity to interview EFSA Chief Scientist Marta Hugas on food safety and awareness in Europe during the association’s annual dinner for members and stakeholders, held just prior to the first ever World Food Safety Day (7 June).

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Upcoming events
21 June 2019
The role of ruminants in sustainable diets
26 - 30 August 2019
EAAP 2019 - Animal farming for a healthy world
10 Sep - 11 Sep 2019
Aquaculture Innovation Summit
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